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  • Country: El Salvador
  • D.O.B: August 6, 2013
  • Age: 7

  • Gender: Boy
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  • D.O.B: September 19, 2011
  • Age: 9

  • Gender: Girl
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  • D.O.B: August 9, 2012
  • Age: 8

  • Gender: Girl
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Portrait of Owen
Meet Owen
Owen is 7 years old and lives in El Salvador.
ES0260085 | Days Waiting: 365
Country: El Salvador
Birthday: August 6, 2013 (7 years old)
Gender: Boy

Owen lives with his mother. Owen's mother is regularly employed. Owen has a sibling living in the household. Owen helps with the following duties at home: Making Beds.Owen's favourite activities and interests include: Art or Drawing, Ball Games, Bicycling, Dancing, Group Games, Walking.Activities that Owen enjoys through the church are: Bible Class. At the compassion centre Owen's favourite activities are: Dancing and / or Drama, Doing Arts & Crafts, Going on Field Trips / Excursions, Learning about God, Learning New Vocational Skills, Listening to Bible Stories, Participating in Service Activities, Playing Games, Playing Sports, Singing Songs, Snack / Meal. Owen attends school. He is in the equivalent of preschool.Owen's favourite subject is art, music. His performance in school is average.Owen's family lives in the area of Canton Santa Lucia Zona 3 in El Salvador.

Owen's Country Details

Most El Salvadorans live in the country's subtropical central region of valleys and plateaus. A hot coastal plain lies in the south, and the north is mountainous. Nearly all the land is farmed; coffee is grown in the mountains.

Eighty-nine percent of El Salvador's population is of mixed Indian and Spanish descent. About 60 percent live in rural areas. Although a few Indians have retained many of their old customs and traditions, most people have adopted the Spanish language and culture.

The smallest and most densely populated country in Central America, El Salvador was claimed by the Spanish in 1525. Almost 300 years later, El Salvador declared its independence and, after a brief union with Mexico, joined with four other Central American countries to form a federation. When this union ended in 1838, El Salvador became a republic. The country experienced a period of increasing unrest during the 1970s that culminated in a civil war in the 1980s. In 1992, a peace agreement was reached.

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Compassion’s ministry is focused on what we call holistic child development. This means developing children in all the different aspects of their lives—their minds, bodies and relationships—while giving them the opportunity to hear about and experience the love of Jesus from caring local church staff and volunteers.

How does sponsorship help kids?

Formal and non-formal educational opportunitiesCompassion assists children with their primary school education and gives opportunities to attend secondary school, as well as providing vocational training opportunities and extra-curricular activities such as sports, field trips, music and computer training.
Health care, hygiene training and supplementary foodKids get a healthy snack or meal when they attend program activities, receive regular health check-ups, and learn how to take care of their bodies and form healthy relationships.
The love and support of a local church and the opportunity to hear about Jesus Because Compassion partners with local churches, children are connected to a local Christian community where they have the opportunity to hear the gospel from caring church staff and volunteers.
Personal attention, guidance and loveChildren are cared for and invested in by members of their own communities, who encourage them to discover their unique gifts, passions and abilities. Their sponsors also play an important role in this through their prayers and letters.

How is sponsorship impacted during the COVID-19 crisis?

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are empowering the local church to use your sponsorship donations to meet urgent and critical needs of families with children/youth registered in the program. Funds previously used at the child development centres can now be directed as needed to children and their families for necessities like food, clean water, shelter, clothing, household items, and even medical care and trauma counselling. You can learn more about our COVID response and the impact of the pandemic on our program here.

Why do you work with local churches?

Compassion works exclusively with local churches because they can best understand and respond to the challenges in their communities. They are known and trusted by their neighbours and are able to reach those in the greatest need. We equip our local church partners with the resources, training and expertise to help children escape poverty. Each church is empowered to implement the program in a way that meets the specific needs of the children they serve.

Do kids need to be Christian to be in Compassion’s program?

Absolutely not! We encourage children and families of all faiths and backgrounds to register in our programs and would never require or coerce anyone to convert to Christianity.

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At Compassion, we take financial stewardship seriously.

As certified members of the Canadian Council of Christian Charities, Compassion Canada is committed to handling the finances entrusted to us with the utmost integrity. This year, 84.7 per cent of funds were used for program activities benefiting the children we serve, and 15.3 per cent for support services.

Today, children around the world are discovering that poverty doesn’t have to be their future. Help one more do the same by sponsoring with Compassion!